Brain Bugs: How the Brain's Flaws Shape Our Lives

Brain Bugs: How the Brain's Flaws Shape Our Lives

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by Dean Buonomano
     
 

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A lively, surprising tour of our mental glitches and how they arise.
With its trillions of connections, the human brain is more beautiful and complex than anything we could ever build, but it's far from perfect. Our memory is unreliable; we can't multiply large sums in our heads; advertising manipulates our judgment; we tend to distrust people who are different…  See more details below

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A lively, surprising tour of our mental glitches and how they arise.
With its trillions of connections, the human brain is more beautiful and complex than anything we could ever build, but it's far from perfect. Our memory is unreliable; we can't multiply large sums in our heads; advertising manipulates our judgment; we tend to distrust people who are different from us; supernatural beliefs and superstitions are hard to shake; we prefer instant gratification to long-term gain; and what we presume to be rational decisions are often anything but. Drawing on striking examples and fascinating studies, neuroscientist Dean Buonomano illuminates the causes and consequences of these "bugs" in terms of the brain's innermost workings and their evolutionary purposes. He then goes one step further, examining how our brains function-and malfunction-in the digital, predator-free, information-saturated, special effects-addled world that we have built for ourselves. Along the way, Brain Bugs gives us the tools to hone our cognitive strengths while recognizing our inherent weaknesses.

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Editorial Reviews

Few people know as much about the miracles of the human brain as the author of this book. As a professor at UCLA's Departments of Neurobiology and Psychology and the Brain Research Institute, Dr. Dean Buonomano studies the intricacies our cognitive functions as his fulltime occupation. That said, he knows more than most that thanks to the quirks of evolution, our brains have "bugs" analogous to software flaws that blur our memories, skew our judgment, and give us a false sense of certainty. Brain Bugs is much more than a good excuse; it's a fascinating in-depth look at one thing that makes everything else approachable. Editor's recommendation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393076028
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
07/11/2011
Pages:
310
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Dean Buonomano is a professor in the Departments of Neurobiology and Psychology and the Brain Research Institute at UCLA. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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Brain Bugs 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Aptly illustrates complex brain functions for the non-scientist.
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jtdavies More than 1 year ago
If you've read Oliver Sacks then this book doesn't provide much new information Also, the author's left wing bias comes through in a book that is not about politics. I'm sure he sees himself as clever but I found it unnecessary and off-putting.